Friday, October 27, 2006

Ghost Stories of Coastal Maine

While in Maine, I tried to find out as much as I could about the ghosts and ghost legends of the area. With so much history (and surely tragedy) there were bound to plenty of stories to go around, I figured, so I went in search of them!
At the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, I heard about an eerie circumstance of a very heavy book being thrown across a room. Accident? It so happens the house once was owned by Impressionist painter Waldo Peirce, best friend to Ernest Hemingway. At that house, they did the kinds of things ornery guys did those days so it’s not so much of a stretch to think his ornery ghost still might be lurking around!
I stayed at a place I just knew was haunted - the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport - but I couldn't get the story out of the owner, no matter how hard I tried! I even found an orb on a picture of my room! Lack of ghostly disclosures notwithstanding, it was an awesome place to stay. I had my own fireplace, which I lit myself, thank-you-very-much. All of their food was organic or all-natural (particularly impressive to me,) and they hosted a tea each afternoon, an overlooked delight these days. The Inn also happened to be within walking distance of 170 outlet stores and shops! I think I'll have to go back and keep working the owner for those ghost stories! :)


El Jefe Maximo said...

I have lots of books, and I'm sure SWMBO wants to throw them at me when I'm more ornery than usual.

"Ornery," BTW, is such a great word, one of my favorites, and definitely applies to Peirce, Hemingway and other members of the crowd they ran with. In particular, anybody who, like Peirce, jumps off a ship that's going to sea and swims back to shore when he doesn't like the stateroom deserves that word.

New England is definitely haunted house/ghost story country. Never did get to Maine though. My dad lived in CT for a couple of years in the late 80's and I really enjoyed cruising around up there, although I was definitely glad to get back to TX !

Candidly Caroline said...

Yes, I love the word ornery, too.

In fact, I have decided to BE ornery when I grow up. Seriously, I decided last week.

It's all part of the master plan ... :)

Yianni said...

Ornery is such a cool word. Unfortunately, it sounds close to another similar sounding but naughtier word.

Candidly Caroline said...

I'm doing my best not to make any naughty comments back. ;)